A District of Columbia police officer says he would ‘shoot the first lady and he is still on the police force.
Reports circulated yesterday that according to the Washington Post, a D.C. officer allegedly said he would shoot the first lady during a Wednesday morning roll call. Officials present during the incident say it was nothing more than a bad joke from a good cop who should have known better.
The officer is reported to have then pulled up a picture of a gun on his cell phone, as the punch line to his ‘joke’ according to persons in attendance. Instead of laughter, the officer received a removal from his unit and he was put on administrative duties for his alleged threat.
NBC news says the Secret Service is playing down the incident, giving no credence to the comment. It begs the question: If the same joke had been made about Laura Bush or go back to Nancy Reagan and declare ‘I will shoot the first lady’, would the comment have earned such a cavalier response?
Take it back another step and would the level of respect for those former Republican First Ladies negate the possibility of anyone even considering to make such a tasteless comment as I would shoot the First Lady?
Probably he meant he would shoot her picture. Perhaps this kind of humor is bandied about regularly in D.C. to diffuse the tension in their stressful line of work and no one talks about it. Or maybe civilians are just narrow minded and overly sensitive and that explains why anyone would be offended by this raw humor.
Read the updated report in the Huffington Post.
Without pulling the race card, what could put such a thought into the mind of a public servant who was paid to protect the First Lady and what would make this officer think it was something his fellow officers would find amusing?
Strained race relations have shadowed the Obama presidency. Inveigled threats have been made. But, have no concern. It's okay to threaten Michelle Obama. Add a quick: just kidding!